January 21, 2021

Parents Should Be Able to Attend Their Children’s Activities

by:  John Crowder

John Crowder, Publisher, Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer

One of my greatest joys in being a parent comes from watching my children participate in the activities that they love.  Whether it is a sporting event, drama, public speaking, or some other performance, parents want to be with their children, supporting them in their endeavors, cheering them on, sharing the moments in which they take justified pride in their accomplishments.

Yet, with the orders restricting gatherings to 10 people currently in effect, parents and children are missing out on sharing these occasions.

This has got to stop.  The rules preventing gatherings are infringing on our constitutionally guaranteed rights, are arbitrary and capricious, interfere with parental choice, and insult the intelligence of Idahoans by telling them they don’t have enough sense to make decisions for themselves.

If you agree, there is something you can do about it.  Call and/or email your legislators and let them know you support House Concurrent Resolution 002 (HCR2).  Do it today.

HCR2 is moving through the Idaho legislature now.  The bill, according to a description by the Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF), “ends the portion of the existing state of disaster emergency in Idaho that limits gatherings to 10 or fewer people.” (Read the analysis of the bill posted on the Idaho Freedom Index by clicking on the link, here):

House Concurrent Resolution 2 — Gatherings, group size

Representative Barbara Ehardt (R – Idaho Falls) passionately spoke about the need for this legislation today on Capitol Clarity (seen, here:  Capitol Clarity 2).  As she noted in her talk, it’s ridiculous that our young athletes are playing in empty stadiums, where social distancing could easily be maintained, while we have scores of people entering big box stores every weekend.

As noted above, now is the time to contact your legislators.  Let them know that it’s past time for the lockdowns to end, and to trust Idahoans to think for themselves.


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